The 7th Day

Film

Time Out says

Saura returns to some sort of form with this hypothetical recreation of the circumstances leading to a shotgun massacre perpetrated by two middle-aged brothers in Extremadura in 1990, which left nine villagers dead and another 16 very seriously wounded. As related by a teenage girl (whose father was perhaps the killers’ prime target), it’s a tale of unrequited love, rivalry and murderous tit-for-tat revenge between two families who’ve already argued over land. Despite some generic clichés and bits of over-acting, Saura is mostly successful in evoking the joys and pitfalls of life in a remote, rather impoverished pueblo, and – notwithstanding odd longueurs – makes effective use of popular songs and flamenco to reflect on the action. And in the dramatisation of the deadly night, his choreography of violence is as expert as ever.

Details

Release details

Duration:
103 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Carlos Saura
Cast:
Juan Diego
José Garcia
José Luis Gómez